Greetings dear readers and friends! Well, for a Monday, today is shaping up to be a pretty great day. First of all, the sun is shining – which is always a good sign for the end of February – and secondly, we have another book giveaway happening this week.
And let me tell you, I had an ear-to-ear grin when I read the title, Don’t Toss Granny in the Begonias (Don’t overegg the pudding / Don’t over do it). I’ve been wondering when someone would put together a book on French proverbs because, really, they’re so dang funny. And once you learn one, it’s hard to get the imagery out of your head. That’s why it’s nice to see that the book is illustrated to go along with the phrases – you can’t make this stuff up!
For me, the best part about French sayings is that so many of them revolve around food. It fits the French culture just perfectly. One of my favorites from the book is, “Mêle toi de tes oignons” (Look after your own onions) Mind your own business.
Also, you’ll find quite a few animals figure into French proverbs. This might have something to do with France’s strong farming culture, but whatever the reason, it’s quite endearing. One of the sayings that stuck with me is “Revenons a nous moutons” (Let’s return to our sheep) Let’s get back to the nitty gritty.
Lastly, there are French expressions that I’ll never pretend to have any idea of the origin. Like when my boss says that we need to make sure to have our “cuisses propre” (clean thighs!). Which I’ve learned (I didn’t have the nerve to ask) means to do work / a task which is irreproachable. But honestly, all I can ever picture is my boss standing in his swim trucks with sparkling-clean thighs. Thankfully, I found out that this isn’t a very common expression so I can go about my day without imagining everyone in their bathing suits.
If you’d like to enter to win a copy of Don’t Toss Granny in the Begonias, just leave a comment below and tell us what your favorite saying is, in English or French.
(I quite like “Every cloud has a silver lining”)
A winner will be chosen at random on Sunday, February 26th, 2017 (12pm Eastern Standard Time) using random.org.
Good luck les amis!